More great websites
There are several regional mapping projects similar to this month’s top spot – such as hullblitz.org and the county-wide Buckinghamshire survey Bombs Over Bucks ( bit.ly/1LZKzxd). There’s also an Ordnance Survey blog on a mapping collaboration with Southampton City Archives ( ordnancesurvey.co.uk/ blog/2010/11/mapping-the-southampton-blitz-70-years- on).
Wikipedia has many pages related to Second World War air raids and it’s worth following the References and Further Reading trail for more information. The Baedeker Blitz, for example, was a series of attacks on English cities of cultural rather than military significance, in response to Bomber Command’s raid on the medieval port of Lübeck in March 1942. The Wikipedia page ( en. wikipedia.org/wiki/ Baedeker_ Blitz) leads to archived BBC articles, eyewitness accounts from the People’s War archive and York Air Raids ( yorkairraids. wordpress.com).
Myunclefred.blogspot.co.uk is a blogged Blitz diary that was kept by Londoner Fred French, of 66 Chestnut Road, Raynes Park. He writes a lot about the weather and the price of meat, but using the tags you can isolate references to bombs, raids, flying bombs and more.
You can find out more about raids on Norwich ( georgeplunkett.co.uk/ Website/raids.htm), Bristol ( bristolblitzed.org and maps.bristol.gov.uk/knowyourplace), Portsmouth ( portsmouthblitz.co.uk) and, the most heavily bombed city outside London, Liverpool ( liverpoolmuseums.org. uk/maritime/exhibitions/blitz/blitz.aspx and liverpoolblitz70.co.uk).
Education Scotland has this page on the Clydebank Blitz ( educationscotland.gov.uk/scotlandshistory/20thand21st centuries/worldwarii/clydebankblitz), which in turns leads to the West Dumbarton council page on the subject. You can also try rememberingscotlandatwar.org.uk to find out more about this and the Greenock Blitz.
Other useful websites include Flying Bombs and Rockets ( flyingbombsandrockets.com), Greater Manchester Blitz Victims ( greatermanchesterblitzvictims.co.uk), the 20th Century London page ( 20thcenturylondon.org.uk/blitz), and Coventry at War ( familyresearcher.co.uk/Coventry-At-War/CoventryAt-War.html), which has an index to victims.
Finally, there’s more information about TNA’s bomb census survey records at national archives.gov.uk/ help-with-yourresearch/researchguides/bombcensus-surveyrecords-1940-1945.
The Ordnance Survey blog map site for the Blitz in Southampton